BLAKE WOLFE The Standard
SCUGOG: Rural landowners in Scugog Township can expect a new mailbox if its knocked down by municipal snowplows - but only if its knocked down by the plow itself and not the snow pushed by the vehicle.
The new mailbox policy recently presented to councillors states that in such an event where a plow, but not the weight of snow pushed by the plow, pushes over a mailbox, the township will replace it with a standard metal mailbox.
The policy was developed following a request by Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten, after several mailboxes in the township's eastern communities were knocked down by municipal plows earlier this winter.
The report states that by replacing only those boxes knocked down by a plow itself, the township will not have to account for mailboxes on 'deteriorated' posts that could easily be pushed over by the weight of snow.
The associated cost to replace the boxes is estimated as 'a few hundred dollars' annually.
In addition, approximately 100 mailboxes identified by township staff that have concrete or steel posts will need to be replaced prior to Oct. 1.
"If you're going to put an immovable object in the roadway, you're going to pay the township a substantial amount of insurance (in the event of a collision)," said Public Works Director Ian Roger. "Larger objects are easier to see for plow operators. But if a new driver on a route doesn't know the boxes, he could easily strike them."
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